I’ll always find an excuse to relax, but this one is a particularly good one. Avoid strenuous activity (including exercise) for the rest of the day. Your muscles have been given a different kind of workout and need time to recover. The gym will still be there tomorrow, don’t worry.
I know, I know – people tell you this all the time but it’s important, we promise. Drinking plenty of water after a massage will help to rehydrate muscles and flush out toxins and waste products. You should avoid coffee and alcohol (we know) as these are dehydrating.
A warm bath will soothe the mind and body. Add some Epsom salts if your muscles are feeling a little sore (this is normal) – they increase circulation and ease aching. If you don’t have a bath (London probs), a warm shower works too.
Massage speeds up your body functions, like circulation – and digestion. This means you may leave feeling peckish (what’s new?), so bring a small snack to eat afterwards. Keep your meals light for the rest of the day, big meals can make you feel sluggish.
Massages can have a positive effect on the mind as well as the body – one of the reasons they’re so darn great. It’s normal to feel an emotional release during or after a massage as your body destresses. Embrace it, a good old cry can be cathartic now and then.
Taking notice of your body’s reaction can help you make the most out of your next massage. Did you feel energised afterwards? Schedule your next appointment in the morning. If you felt lethargic? Make sure you can head straight home to chill out.
Six ways to keep that post-massage feeling for longer
sSome people recommend getting a massage twice a week and while that is a lovely thought – and genuine #lifegoals – these people clearly have a lot more money than me *sighs*. Whether you’re a once-a-week or once-in-a-blue-moon kinda person, here are some easy ways you can prolong that post-massage feeling.
By Beth Ludolf
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